Saturday, April 26, 2008

Ted Studebaker

Ted Studebaker was a young Church of the Brethren man who lived out his peacemaking values during his short lifetime. Ted was born in Ohio in 1945. After earning degrees from Manchester College and Florida State University, he entered Brethren Volunteer Service and worked for two years with Vietnam Christian Service in central highland villages to improve agricultural practices.

Ted was killed on this date, April 26, in 1971 in a Vietcong attack on his residence at Di Linh. As a conscientious objector, he spoke out against American military presence in Vietnam and the destruction of the Montagnard and Koho peoples.

His constant affirmation was, "Life is great, yea!"

Ted had been married one week before his death to Ven Pak Lee of Hong Kong.

For much more information about Ted Studebaker and his life, you are encourage to visit a memorial web site with additional stories and links at:

To listen to songs and interviews from the album "Ted Studebaker in Vietnam" by Steve Engle, visit: